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Kurt Warner Retires

January 31, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals retired on Friday.

Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals announced his retirement on Friday, but left the press conference early to take a nap (katchop)

Kurt Warner of the Arizona Cardinals announced his retirement on Friday, but left the press conference early to take a nap (katchop)

Warner, 38, announced his retirement after a dozen years in the NFL – a league in which he rose from gridiron obscurity to become a potential Hall of Famer.

Warner took the lowly St. Louis Rams to the Super Bowl twice – winning the NFL’s championship spectacular in the 1999/2000 season.

He surprised again in leading Arizona to the Super Bowl a year ago, the Cardinals falling to Pittsburgh.

On January 10, Warnered guided the Cardinals to a 51-45 overtime victory over Green Bay in the first round of the playoffs but New Orleans then eliminated Arizona in the second round in a game that saw Warner absorb a punishing hit.

“I’m excited about what’s next,” said Warner, who departs with a year remaining on a two-year, 23-million-dollar contract. “Before, I was always excited about next season.”

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Matt Cooke Denies Eating Human Flesh

January 30, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins says he didn’t bite Arron Asham of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins feasts on a human heart during a pre-game skate this week (katchop)

Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins likes to feast on a human heart during pre-game skates (katchop)

On Sunday, Flyers forward Arron Asham accused Penguins forward Matt Cooke of biting his hand during a scrum in the third period of Pittsburgh’s 2-1 victory. On Monday, Cooke flatly denied that accusation, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“No,” Cooke told the paper when asked if he bit Asham. “There was a scrum, and I went in and grabbed [Flyers forward Scott] Hartnell and had a hold of him. All I knew was that someone was the third man in the pile, grabbing me, scratching my face, digging and clawing the third or fourth time. Then, I found out [who] later, [Asham] proceeded to rip my helmet off and punch me in the back of the head four or five times. And I have the welts to prove it.”

Original Photos Zimbio, CompositeEffects

CBS Dealing With Tebow Controversy

January 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Future NFL draft pick Tim Tebow will appear in a pro life commercial.

Tim Tebow and his mother will appear in a pro life commercial during the Super Bowl, sharing personal photos like this ultrasound from 1987 (katchop)

Tim Tebow and his mother will appear in a pro life commercial during the Super Bowl, sharing personal photos like this ultrasound from 1987 (katchop)

CBS said Tuesday it had received numerous e-mails — both critical and supportive — since a coalition of women’s groups began a protest campaign Monday against the ad, which the critics say will use Tebow and his mother to convey an anti-abortion message.

Funded by the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, the 30-second ad is expected to recount the story of Pam Tebow’s pregnancy in 1987. After getting sick during a mission trip to the Philippines, she ignored a recommendation by doctors to abort her fifth child. She later gave birth to Tim, who won the 2007 Heisman Trophy and helped his Florida team win two BCS championships.

Original Photos digitalleon, roughingthekicker

Do The New York Knicks Even Have A Plan?

January 28, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The New York Knicks are holding out hope that they can add LeBron James in the off-season, but their plan B might be a trade for Ricky Rubio.

Donnie Walsh prays every night before bed that LeBron James is wearing a New York Knicks uniform next season (katchop)

Donnie Walsh prays every night before bed that LeBron James is wearing a New York Knicks uniform next season (katchop)

Knicks GM Donnie Walsh has made no bones about it — his sole job is to clear cap space for the summer 2010 free agent sweepstakes.

The Knicks’ ultimate goal is to have enough money to sign two players from the group of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Joe Johnson, among others.

As it turns out, Walsh also might have someone else on his radar.

After missing out on Spanish star Ricky Rubio in June’s draft, the Knicks may be after him again, the New York Post reports. The 19-year-old point guard is viewed by many as the perfect fit for coach Mike D’Antoni’s infamous “seven seconds or less” offense.

Original Photos DayLife, knicksblog, fansedge, dunkside

Denver Nuggets’ Chris Anderson Hurt Again

January 27, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Chris Anderson of the Denver Nuggets is injured again.

Chris Anderson of the Denver Nuggets used his time on injured reserve to sell ad space (katchop)

Chris Anderson of the Denver Nuggets used his time on injured reserve to sell ad space (katchop)

Denver’s Chris Andersen has limped through too much of the first half to count to remain the same bench catalyst as he was last season. He is an energy guy trying to power up without the usual snap in his legs, and good luck with that. He’s one of the top reserve big men in the league who has been absorbing a steady stream of hits while slam dancing for rebounds and blocks. There was one stretch of getting banged on the right knee, right around the tendinitis hot spot, five games in a row.

What Andersen is not, he insists, is content. That so wouldn’t be him, but the popular Birdman re-signed in Denver in the summer with a five-year deal that could pay $26 million. Then came the the slow start to 2009-10. It wasn’t a big jump to wonder if he had relaxed, the way the Nuggets as a whole had done in a poor early response to playing with a target as a defending Western Conference finalist.

Original Photos ipix, thelmagazine, marktoyota

Los Angeles Angels To Pay NY Mets 21 Million

January 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Los Angeles Angels traded Gary Matthews Jr and 21.5 million dollars to the New York Mets for Brian Stokes. Matthews is owed 23.5 million dollars over the next two seasons.

The Los Angeles Angels will pay the New York Mets 21.5 million to take Gary Matthews Jr. (katchop)

The Los Angeles Angels will pay the New York Mets 21.5 million to take Gary Matthews Jr., and Torri Hunter likes it (katchop)

Matthews is owed salaries of $11 million this year and $12 million in 2011, plus a $500,000 bonus for getting traded. The Mets will pay just $1 million per season, and the Angels will give New York money to cover the remainder of the salary plus the bonus, a person familiar with the details told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the financial details were not announced.

Original Photos espncdn, sd.gov, sportslogos.net

Favre Loses Faith After Being Beaten By Saints

January 25, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New Orleans Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings in overtime 31-28.

After the Saints beat him up on Sunday, Brett Favre immediately converted to Islam (katchop)

After the Saints beat him up on Sunday, Brett Favre immediately converted to Islam (katchop)

Favre wasn’t quite ready to make a decision on his future immediately following the loss, but he said he wouldn’t take long to make his plans known this time.

“Just wondering if I can hold up, especially after a day like today,” Favre said after throwing for 310 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. “Physically and mentally. That was pretty draining. I am going to go home, a couple of days and just talk it over with the family.”

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, wardheernews

Colts Beat Jets, Mark Sanchez Joins Menudo

January 25, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Indianapolis Colts beat the New York Jets 30-17.

Head coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets have joined Latin super group Menudo. (katchop)

Head coach Rex Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets have joined Latin super group Menudo. (katchop)

Manning had an especially good time with Lowery, a surprise starter in place of Lito Sheppard. Lowery spent the game being torched by Colts receiver Pierre Garcon for 11 catches, 151 yards and a touchdown.

“I’d be curious to find out why Sheppard didn’t start,” Manning said. “He played good for them all season.”

People in the Jets locker room were curious as well. People like, well, Lito Sheppard.

“No idea,” Sheppard said when asked why he didn’t play more. “I feel like I’m a key part of this team, and I helped us get to this point. No answer [to that question] would satisfy me other than being out on the field, but I’m not a disgruntled player. I’m not going to make a scene. That’s just the way the game worked out.”

Jets coach Rex Ryan wasn’t terribly helpful, saying he went with Lowery over Sheppard “because we liked that matchup a little bit better.”

Original Photos elpoderdemiaminypost, yahoo sports, yahoo sports, popstarsplus

What’s For Dinner? How About Some Rexican?

January 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

New York Jets coach Rex Ryan eats 7,000 calories per day.

New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and receivers coach Henry Ellard both love Mark Sanchez and tacos (katchop)
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan and receivers coach Henry Ellard both love Mark Sanchez and Taco Bell (katchop)

After most games, Ryan, 47, and his wife, Michelle, eat heartily at a diner in New Jersey.

The coach’s favorite cuisine is Mexican — his assistants call it “Rexican” — and Ryan dined Friday night in San Diego at Café Coyote, whose menu features the adjective “large” before many of its south-of-the-border offerings.

During training camp last July, Ryan said that moving to Jersey had led him to pack on a few dozen extra pounds, noting, “There are so many Italian restaurants.”

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, News-Record, ssmrocks, costumebox

Brett Favre Is A Silverback

January 23, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings is playing pretty good for a 40 year old.

Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings is not letting age catch up to him (katchop)

Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings is not letting age catch up to him (katchop)

40somethings have much in common. Bones creak. Backs ache. We don’t sleep as well. Getting up off the floor after playing with a granddaughter, much less finding your feet after a smackdown by DeMarcus Ware, is no small endeavor.

Which makes this 2009 football season historically remarkable. As he takes the Minnesota Vikings into the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Favre is playing football better than any 40something ever.

Better than Jerry Rice, who caught 92 passes at age 40 for the ’02 Raiders. Better than Warren Moon, who at age 41 threw 25 touchdown passes for the ’97 Seahawks. Better than George Blanda, who at age 43 produced a series of dramatic passes and kicks for the ’70 Raiders.

Original Photos dustylens.com, femalefan.com

Breesus Christ Superstar

January 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New Orleans Saints are hoping that Drew Brees can lead them to the promised land.

If Drew Brees can lead the Saints to the Super Bowl, he will be bigger than God in New Orleans (katchop)

If Drew Brees can lead the Saints to the Super Bowl, he will be bigger than God in New Orleans (katchop)

If possible, Brees probably would have worked 10,000 hours this week.

On a normal Tuesday day off during the regular season, he is famous for putting in full days of film study. Typically, the quarterbacks arrive at 8 a.m. and don’t leave until 2:30 p.m.

That work schedule has ratcheted up in the Saints’ second season. Saints quarterbacks worked full days Monday and Tuesday, both scheduled days off for players. He was on the same schedule last week.

Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey said Brees arrived before sunrise last week.

“I cannot beat him here, ” Shockey said. “He’s been here very early. I’ve been here every day at about 6 o’clock, and he’s beaten me. So, like I said earlier, I’ll be here at 3 a.m. and try to beat him. And he’ll still be here probably earlier than that.

Original Photos Jesuswillcome, Perdue.edu, kukoda

Peyton Manning Says Colts Are Ready

January 21, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are looking forward to Sunday.

Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts is not concerned that the New York Jets might try to distract him with Baby Ruth candy bars (katchop)

Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts says he is not concerned that the New York Jets might try to distract him with Baby Ruth candy bars (katchop)

Manning’s postseason turnaround has been remarkable. Once branded as the guy who couldn’t win pivotal playoff games, Manning has thrived in pressure moments in the second half of his career. He lost four of his first six playoff games, including his first three. (He had a postseason-worst 31.2 passer rating in the Colts’ 41-0 wild-card drubbing to the Jets in the 2002 season.)

Manning, who is 8-8 all-time in the postseason, has won five of his last seven playoff games.

“I never bought into it,” Colts coach Jim Caldwell said of Manning’s reputation as a playoff choker early in his career. “I never saw it that way. All I saw was a guy that was continuing to get better and was a great performer. In some cases, we just needed to get him a little more help.”

Original Photos DayLife, Ebay

Gang Green Card

January 21, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Some folks are starting to get offended by New York Jets fans wearing sombreros and fake mustaches as a tribute to quarterback and Mexican-American Mark Sanchez.

Some Mexican Americans are offended by fans of the New York Jets wearing sombreros and mustaches (katchop)

Some Mexican-Americans are offended by New York Jets fans wearing goofy costumes... but not all of them (katchop)

I see the Jets licensed serape, and I know that’s something that USC helped to start, so I guess that’s cool. But the fake moustache? Not a good move, and one that doesn’t really celebrate Sanchez’s Mexican-American heritage. Also the painted straw hat, with a electrical tape “6″ on the side? Also poor form. Please rethink your choices. Mexican-America will thank you.

Original Photos ucsb.edu, Yahoo Sports, cheapseatsradio

The New York Jets may start using an alternate logo in 2010 to honor Mark Sanchez (katchop)

The New York Jets may start using an alternate logo in 2010 to honor Mark Sanchez (katchop)


Stephon Marbury: Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragon

January 20, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Stephon Marbury has signed a deal to play in China, where he hopes to generate sales for his Starbury athletic shoe business.

Stephon Marbury contemplates how many shoes he will sell with the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons in China (katchop)

Stephon Marbury contemplates how many shoes he will sell with the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons in China (katchop)

Marbury has long talked about playing overseas, mostly to sell his Starbury brand sneakers and apparel, which went online through an Amazon.com agreement recently.

Marbury has not confirmed the deal through his Twitter account or The Post. Marbury did not respond to messages yesterday.

One week ago, Marbury told The Post he returned from a holiday in Puerto Rico to celebrate his wife’s birthday and made no mention of the option to play in China.

The Chinese club is ranked 15th of 17 teams. The boss, Wang Xingjiang said on the team Web site: “The aim of signing Marbury is to pay back our fans and try to win more games the rest of the season.”
Original Photos nationalbasketblogassociation, tripthai

Chargers Lose, Nate Kaeding Changes Name

January 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The San Diego Chargers were defeated by the New York Jets on Sunday,  partly due to Nate Kaeding missing 3 field goals.

Philip Rivers congratulates Nate Heimlich on changing his last name from Kaeding immediately after Sunday's game. Health care officials warned the kicker about the dangers of there being two different terms, both synonymous with choking (katchop)

Philip Rivers congratulates Nate Heimlich on changing his last name from Kaeding immediately after Sunday's game. Health care officials warned the kicker about the dangers of two different terms synonymous with choking (katchop)

I’ve been here seven seasons and the same thing happens every year,” said Chargers linebacker Stephen Cooper, shaking his head in a locker room filled with the team’s annual blank stares.

After some consideration, he did allow as to how this loss was different.

“This,” he said, “was the worst.”

He will certainly get no argument from Jets who celebrated by parading giddily around the field as if it were Times Square, or Chargers fans who shouted angrily at departing players, or LaDainian Tomlinson as he fought to keep his composure.

“To lose this game, I’m at a loss for words,” said the San Diego running back.

Original Photo DayLife

Vikings Slaughter Dallas Cowboys

January 18, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Minnesota Vikings defeated the Dallas Cowboys, and some say they ran up the score in the process.

The Minnesota Vikings showed no mercy in slaughtering the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday (katchop)

The Minnesota Vikings showed no mercy in slaughtering the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday (katchop)

Visanthe Shiancoe, the tight end who scored the extraneous fourth touchdown in Minnesota’s 34-3 win over Dallas on Sunday, put it best when asked about the claims that the Vikings ran up the score.

“OK, we apologize,” he said. “I’m sorry. Better?”

He could afford to be blithe about it, because the only way the Darwin-was-a-sissy NFL recognizes to keep a team from running up a score is for the team trying to run it up to lose an important player to injury. Sure, people such as Troy Aikman say the way is to stop the offending team with your defense, but if that were possible, you’d already have done it, and you wouldn’t be in this position.

Mark McGwire Denies Canseco’s Claims

January 17, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Mark McGwire admitted to doing steroids, but he continues to deny Jose Canseco’s claims that they injected each other. McGwire also claims that the steroids did not help him hit home runs.

Mark McGwire telling Bob Costas that steroids did not help him hit home runs (katchop)

Mark McGwire telling Bob Costas that steroids did not help him hit home runs (katchop)

When called before Congress and asked about his steroid use, McGwire again refused to tell the truth, this time trying to wiggle away with his repeated stone-walling “I’m not here to talk about the past.”

Now comes his blubbering, disingenuous mea culpa — orchestrated by sports consultant Ari Fleischer, who was George W. Bush’s press secretary — that was done just in time so he can return to baseball as the St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach. And once again it seems to skirt a lot of truth.

Although in a series of calculated interviews earlier this week he finally admitted using steroids and human growth hormone for a decade — including the 1998 season when he shattered Roger Maris’ home run record — McGwire claims he only took the stuff in “low dosages” and only to help him heal faster from injuries.

Original Photo MLB Network/iviewtube

Gilbert Arenas Goes Down

January 16, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards pleaded guilty to a gun charge yesterday, and is almost certainly heading to jail when he is sentenced on March 26th.

Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards is headed to jail (katchop)

Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards is headed to jail (katchop)

Arenas won’t know whether he must serve jail time until his March 26 sentencing and remains free until then. The government indicated it will not seek more than six months, although the judge can give Arenas anywhere from probation to the charge’s maximum term of five years. He will remain free until then.

In court, Arenas was barely audible, offering mostly terse answers such as “Yes, your honor” or “No, sir.” Those hands that have made so many shots and earned Arenas millions of dollars were shoved into the pockets of his gray, pinstriped suit. His demeanor stood in stark contrast to the gregarious, blog-writing, jersey-tossing persona that made the player known as “Agent Zero” a fan favorite. It also contrasted with the player who cracked jokes with reporters and on Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the Dec. 21 confrontation with a teammate that ended with guns being displayed.

Original Photos ESPNDC, theinspirationroom.com

New York Jets Fans Love The Dirty

January 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Mark Sanchez of the New York Jets is loved by Jet fans and Mike Lupica .

Mark Sanchez has New York Jets fans feeling dirty (katchop)

Mark Sanchez has New York Jets fans feeling dirty (katchop)

The Jets really got Mark Sanchez to win them their first Super Bowl since Joe Namath, the last star kid they had at quarterback. And Saturday, Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, first pro playoff game of his life, Mark Sanchez made you believe he will do just that, beat everybody some day the way he beat the Bengals.

“One of these days, (Sanchez) is going to be the biggest guy we’ve got on this team,” Rex Ryan said when it was over, 24-14 Jets. “The best. And maybe that day is coming sooner rather than later.”

Then the big coach who backed it all up for another week, said this about his rookie quarterback: “We know this guy is gonna be a big-time guy.”

Original Photo 3putt.com

Knicks Blame Loss on Ghosts

January 14, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Some members of the New York Knicks, including a frightened Eddie Curry, contend that the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City is haunted…. by a female ghost that wants sex.

Shocked members of the Oklahoma City Thunder look on as Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks is attacked by a nymphomaniac ghost (katchop)

Shocked members of the Oklahoma City Thunder look on as Nate Robinson of the New York Knicks is attacked by a nymphomaniac ghost (katchop)

For two days, several players had trouble sleeping because they were convinced that their downtown hotel is haunted.

“I definitely believe it,” Jared Jeffries said. “The place is haunted. It’s scary.”

Eddy Curry claims he slept for only two hours Sunday night because he couldn’t stop thinking about ghosts roaming the hotel.

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Sports, ghost-radar.co.uk

LeBron James Loves Cavs New Look

January 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James loves ‘em, so the Cleveland Cavaliers equipment managers go to great lengths so the team can wear those throwback jerseys.

LeBron James looks dapper in the Cleveland Cavaliers throwbacks, but they make Shaquille O'Neal look a little heavy (katchop)

LeBron James looks dapper in the Cleveland Cavaliers throwbacks, but they make Shaquille O'Neal look a little heavy (katchop)

The amount of equipment the Cavs take on a trip like this one — 11 days, five cities — is staggering. Their traveling party, which is in excess of 30 people when accounting for the players, coaches, support personnel and team broadcasters, has more combined gear than most touring rock bands.

Moving around 14 players, most of them very tall men, and bringing all the comforts of home — the home training room, video room and even a massage room — creates a demanding job for Cashman. It is easy to understand why when tallying it all up.

On this trip the Cavs have about 160 bags, about 100 for personal clothes. There’s about 60 more for uniforms, shoes and electronics. By the time their chartered Airbus jet hits the tarmac Sunday afternoon at Cleveland Hopkins Airport, though, Cashman knows that count will have grown.

Original Photo Yahoo Sports

Scottie Pippen Raped By Midgets

January 12, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Well, not really raped.. but slapped around pretty good.

Scottie Pippen was beaten by a group of midgets, including Gary Coleman (katchop)

Scottie Pippen was beaten by a group of midgets, including Gary Coleman (katchop)

The former Bulls star issued a press release Friday meant to clear up any misunderstandings about his role in a low-rent movie called “Midgets vs. Mascots” starring Gary Coleman of “Different Strokes” fame.

Pippen is upset about a scene where the little people were supposed to get mad at him and storm out of the room, ended instead with Coleman hitting him in the head with a telephone and the others attacking him.

Original Photo nachodonut

Lightning Light Up Devils

January 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The lights were restored at the Prudential Center last night, allowing the Tampa Bay Lightning to resume beating the New Jersey Devils after the game was postponed Friday night.

Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils entertains the crowd during a lighting failure at the Prudential Center (katchop)

Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils entertains the crowd during a lighting failure at the Prudential Center (katchop)

The only thing that Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner could compare it to was a street hockey game that was called because of darkness.

After Friday night’s NHL game was also called because of darkness – when the lights went out at the Rock in Newark – the Lightning returned to New Jersey Sunday and finished off a 4-2 win in front of a crowd of about 3,000, about 12,000 less than Friday’s audience (tickets carried over). The Devils’ home winning streak ended at seven.

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, The Hockey News, GiftedArtistsMusic, electricguitarplanet

Mike Shanahan Rolls Up His Sleeves

January 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

New head coach Mike Shanahan is already working on fixing the Washington Redskins.

Mike Shanahan starts to unload some much needed supplies (katchop)

Mike Shanahan knows what's needed to turn the Redskins around (katchop)

Shanahan, who was introduced Wednesday as Zorn’s replacement, has announced only one member of his coaching staff: his son, Kyle, the Houston Texans’ offensive coordinator who is expected to accept a similar position with the Redskins. But members of Zorn’s staff said Shanahan had not dismissed any of Zorn’s coaches — yet. The assembling of a staff, Shanahan said Wednesday, was his paramount task in the coming weeks.

“You’ve got to have the best from top to bottom,” Shanahan said. “I’m going to go out and get the best coaches that I can find. . . . I want every assistant coach to know more about that position than me. That’s what I’m going to look for.”

Original Photos blueoceanworldwide,everyjoe.com, blanketsforthegulf.com

Tom Brady Wins Comeback Player of the Year

January 09, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots is the winner of the 2009 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award.

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots likes to accessorize (katchop)

Tom Brady of the New England Patriots likes to accessorize (katchop)

Brady is playing with either cracked or broken ribs. His favorite and most trusted receiver, Wes Welker, is out with a knee injury. The New England defense that had been so opportunistic and dominant during the three Super Bowl-winning years looks vulnerable against the run and even more helpless at times against the pass. The effort by wide receiver Randy Moss has been questioned again this season, and who will get the bulk of the rushes Sunday among the merry-go-round that is Laurence Maroney, Fred Taylor, Kevin Faulk and Sammy Morris is anyone’s guess.

Original Photo Yahoo Sports , everythingcarz

Alabama Wins BCS Title

January 08, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Other

Alabama wins, defeating Texas 37-21.

Mark Ingram and Alabama used Jedi mind tricks to win the BCS Championship (katchop)

Mark Ingram and Alabama used Jedi mind tricks to win the BCS Championship (katchop)

Hanging onto a precarious three-point lead and with momentum on the other side, linebacker Eryk Anders was determined not to let the championship slip away.

Anders forced a fumble on his blindside sack of Texas backup quarterback Garrett Gilbert with 3:02 left Thursday night to help the top-ranked Crimson Tide hold on for a 37-21 victory in the BCS title game—a win that figured to be much easier when Alabama knocked out Colt McCoy early in the first quarter.

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, flickr

NBA Sits Down Gilbert Arenas

January 07, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Gilbert Arenas of the Washington Wizards has been suspended, and some think it could be permanent.

Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely by the NBA attempting to play with a holstered firearm (katchop)

Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely by the NBA for attempting to play with a holstered firearm (katchop)

Stern needs to make an example out of Arenas and send a zero-tolerance message to his players.

Stern has to make it crystal clear that the NBA now has a gun ban.

After announcing the indefinite suspension, will the commissioner do what needs to be done by instituting what should be known as the “Arenas Rule?” Or is he merely going to suspend Arenas for a year and then allow him back into the NBA in January of 2011?

Judging from the tone and wording of Stern’s statement Wednesday, Arenas might have played his last game in the NBA.

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, djmonkeyboy, armylife

Redskins Hire Mike Shanahan

January 07, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Washington Redskins have hired Mike Shanahan as their new head coach.

Daniel Snyder introduces a restrained, frightened and possibly drugged Mike Shanahan as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins (katchop)

Daniel Snyder introduces a restrained, frightened and possibly drugged Mike Shanahan as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins (katchop)

Shanahan could be exactly what the doctor ordered to heal the Redskins. It’s certainly in him. But I’ve got to see it first. I need to see the Redskins stop grossly overpaying players. I’ve got to see them become a stable organization. I’ve got to see them stop squandering draft picks in stupid trades. I’ve got to see them trust the players they already have, like Ryan Clark, and stop coveting ones they don’t need, like Adam Archuleta. I’ve got to see owner’s pets, such as Clinton Portis, stop undermining real professionals, such as Jason Campbell. (Again, if I was advising Campbell, I’d tell him to sign somewhere else, anywhere else, to get away from the continuing dysfunction of Redskins Park).

Original Photos zimbio, seantaylorfoundation, sportsbusinessdaily, nbcsports, smokinmagic

No Repeat For Pittsburgh Steelers

January 06, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The Pittsburgh Steelers are not in the playoffs, and some people are wondering what happened.

It was all fun and games this year for Santonio Holmes, right up until the Steelers missed the playoffs (katchop)

It was all fun and games this year for Santonio Holmes, right up until the Steelers missed the playoffs (katchop)

Without Aaron Smith and Troy Polamalu, the 2009 Steelers defense became the 2007 Steelers defense. It allowed 171 rushing yards to Cleveland, yet that was only the third-highest total the Browns put up in their final four games, because while no one was watching the Browns have become a physical football team.

Even Eric Mangini is bright enough to understand that a team must be physical to win in the AFC North Division. It took Marvin Lewis long enough to figure it out in Cincinnati. He now has two physical lines, a thumper of a rookie middle linebacker, a plowhorse at tailback, and, get this, a fullback on his roster to go along with legitimate receivers and cornerbacks. The Ravens have all of that, except the legitimate receivers and cornerbacks and that’s why they finished second to the Bengals this season.

The Steelers? They have the best quarterback in the division and that’s why they haven’t fallen behind the Browns … yet.

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, The Integrator

Rex Ryan Eating It Up

January 05, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

The New York Jets are in the playoffs, but head coach Rex Ryan is not satisfied.

Rex Ryan celebrates Sunday with a sundae (katchop)

Rex Ryan celebrates Sunday with a sundae (katchop)

Ryan has regularly made headlines with his mouth, and his “I’m just being myself” act has been lauded by some and despised by others, mostly outside the organization and fanbase.

“I think people hate me, which is fine,” Ryan said. “I want to be that guy that comes into your town and all that kind of stuff. I want the negative focus put it on me, that’s fine.”

Original Photos carrollcountytimes.comimway2fat

Gilbert Arenas Is A Fathead

January 04, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Gilbert Arenas and his guns are making the Washington Wizards think about cleaning house.

The people at fathead.com are known for keeping the look of the players featured in their products current (katchop)

The people at fathead.com are known for keeping the look of the players featured in their products current (katchop)

That’s a wrap. The Washington Wizards as we’ve known them the last five years are over and done. If Ted Leonsis was wondering whether he wanted to completely blow up this team — oops, maybe I shouldn’t have put it like that — this latest news about Gilbert Arenas and guns in the team locker room should make his decision very easy.

Time to start over. With Arenas disputing reports that he and Javaris Crittenton were going Wyatt Earp and Billy Clanton and actually brandishing guns in what should be the players’ safe haven, Leonsis can feel as free as an owner can be to wave bye-bye to everybody who’s been around the past six years.

Original Photos BET.com, i.ehow.com, fathead

New York Giants Making Off-Season Plans

January 03, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NFL

With the season closing for the New York Giants this weekend, Big Blue View takes an interesting look at the Giants All-Decade Team.

Tom Coughlin is thinking about a vacation as he walks off the Giants Stadium field for the last time (katchop)

Tom Coughlin is thinking about a vacation as he walked off the Giants Stadium field for the last time (katchop)

As we say goodbye to 2009, Big Blue View has a look at the top Giants at their position for the last 10 years. If the Giants were lining up their top 11 on each side of the ball, this is what it would look like:

Offense:

QB:Eli Manning. Kerry Collins started the 2000′s off strong for the Giants, who helped him resurrect his career, but Eli is in his 6th season, has a Super Bowl MVP trophy, a Pro Bowl appearance, and is in the midst of the best year of his career. Could be on his way to being the best QB the Giants have ever had.

Original Photos Yahoo Sports, esquire.com, kohalacoastweb

Where Is Tiger Woods?

January 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

People magazine is wondering where Tiger Woods is.

People magazine is looking for Tiger Woods in all the wrong places (katchop)

People magazine is looking for Tiger Woods in all the wrong places (katchop)

Sources had previously said that Woods, 33, was going to cruise the waters off the Bahamas on his $20 million yacht Privacy with friends during the holidays, but the yacht has reportedly been docked in northern Palm Beach County, Fla. Woods, who turns 34 Wednesday, has suddenly gone from being perhaps the most visible name in the sports world to being, well, invisible.

Original Photos street-tease, freakingnews, iconspedia

Happy New Year

January 01, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box

Happy New Year to everyone!

Joe Paterno will be nursing a hangover during today's Capital One Bowl (katchop)

Joe Paterno will be nursing a hangover during today's Capital One Bowl (katchop)

Original Photos DayLife, realsimple, mardigraszone


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